• Will it Still Rain After Your Rainmaker Leaves?

    Will it Still Rain After Your Rainmaker Leaves? There’s no getting around the fact that when a rainmaker leaves a company, it’s harder to bring the rain. At least, for a while. But it doesn’t have to be a parched existence without your prized superstar who retires or leaves unexpectedly. Witness Apple’s recent CEO transition….

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  • August 2011 | Do You Have a Good Strategy or a Bad Strategy?

    August 2011 Do You Have a Good Strategy or a Bad Strategy? Strategy – how hard can it be? You define some goals, plan some to-dos, and then get it done. It sounds pretty easy. Except according to a June 2011 McKinsey article, it’s not. In the article, strategy-guru Richard Rumelt breaks down the common…

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  • July 2011 | When Strategy Is Up In The Air

    July 2011 When Strategy Is Up In The Air Over the years, Harvard Business Review has published several outstanding articles about decision-making under uncertainty. The big idea is that, in an uncertain world with incomplete information, companies can choose between several different and distinct strategic approaches including: 1. Fully commit to action and, in doing…

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  • Do You Know Who Drives Real Performance At Your Company?

    Do You Know Who Drives Real Performance at Your Company? Always wanted to be in the C-Suite to really make a difference at your company? Or have you dreamed of being one of those cool “creative” types who wears shorts and sandals to work? News flash – it turns out the unglamorous world of the…

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  • Those Who “Did” May Be Best at Leading Those Who “Do”

    Those Who “Did” May Be Best at Leading Those Who “Do” The results are in: professional U.S. basketball teams have a higher winning percentage when their coach is a former brilliant player. And this halo-effect is substantial (six extra places up the league table) and quick (visible in the first 12 months of such a…

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  • Pay for Performance Gone Wild

    You’ve probably read about Transocean’s recent safety-bonus faux pas. In what seems to be a case of positive incentives gone wrong, executives at the offshore drilling company were actually awarded bonuses for safety performance in 2010. This despite the fact that the company’s April 2010 British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig explosion killed 11 workers and…

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  • What if You Said “No” to More Good Ideas?

    What if You Said “No” to More Good Ideas? Everyday it seems we hear complaints from business decision-makers about overlapping and overwhelming priorities. Everything seems to be a priority, and the pressure is on to get it ALL done, whether it’s truly mission-critical or not. Is it time to eliminate more goals and focus your…

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  • February 2011 | What if Your Top Competitor Slipped?

    February 2011 What if Your Top Competitor Slipped? Suppose for a minute you are a U.S.-based company that produces pet food or drywall or children’s toys. Tomorrow morning, you open the newspaper and you see a headline about one of your fiercest competitors linked to dangerous pet food, toxic drywall, or lead-paint used in children’s…

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  • A WikiLeaks World

    Covering your assets in a wikileaks world We’ve all heard about Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief at WikiLeaks. Not too long ago, he published classified government documents and exposed toxic waste in Africa, Scientology manuals, and even water-boarding procedures. Some want to see him as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Others want to see him…

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  • December 2010 | Your Company’s Achilles’ Heel

    December 2010 What is your company’s Achilles’ heel – and can you protect it? Shakespeare could not have written a play with more twists and turns than the real-life 2010 hostile takeover bid for Potash, one of the world’s largest suppliers of potash, a key fertilizer ingredient. Two companies — Australia’s BHP Billiton and Sinochem,…

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